As the first human rights center at a business school in Europe, the education of future managers is part of our core mission. Through research, teaching, and establishing networks of business scholars, we advance our human rights agenda at business schools and prepare the next generation of business school graduates to manage human rights challenges in corporate practice.
Our Case Studies are written primarily for teaching purposes with pedagogical objectives. However, they also demonstrate that integrating human rights is indeed possible and, under specific conditions, compatible with broader business objectives.
We teach business and human rights at the University of Geneva in the bachelor’s and master’s program.
Learn more about the courses we offer at the Geneva School of Economics and Management.
Global Business School Network Network for Human Rights
In 2016, the Geneva School of Economics and Management co-founded a network of business schools that advance human rights in business education. The network comprises over 60 business schools from around the world and starting 2020, we have partnered with the Global Business School Network (GBSN) and the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) to reach out to an even larger group of business schools.
In 2020, we published The Business Case for Human Rights - A Tool Kit (PDF), a foundational white paper that describes integration strategies for human rights teaching and research at business schools. It also includes testimonies of other business schools and lists relevant BHR teaching resources, research outlets, and key network contacts.
Young Researchers Summit
We support emerging scholars in the business and human rights field. We are co-founders of the Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit, an academic conference for PhD students and postdocs. Our network of emerging BHR scholars comprises over 100 young scholars. In 2021, we will host the 6th Young Researchers Summit Summit at the University of Geneva.
The case study series of the GCBHR invites companies to share business model innovations that allow profits and human rights principles to coexist. The common question we are looking to answer through these case studies is: How can companies manage and grow their operations while integrating human rights standards into core business practices and daily business decisions?
The case studies show how real companies currently address human rights. They capture the motivations for business model transitions, the ongoing implementation challenges, and incomplete implementation aspects.
These case studies are therefore not endorsements of companies. Instead, they highlight the complexities surrounding the advancement of human rights in practice for companies operating across different industries. They are written primarily for teaching purposes with pedagogical objectives. However, they also demonstrate that integrating human rights in business is indeed possible and, under specific conditions, also compatible with broader business objectives. We hope that these pioneering attempts to align profits and principles are inspirational for other companies.
Dorothée Baumann-Pauly co-edited Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice (2016), the first-ever textbook on business and human rights. A follow-up volume focused on the implementation challenges for business and human rights in corporate practice is planned for 2021/2022.